28 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples,
30saying, Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
31If anyone asks you, Why are you untying it? just say this: The Lord needs it.
32So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.
33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, Why are you untying the colt?
34They said, The Lord needs it.
35Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
36As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road.
37As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen,
Blessed is the king
who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
and glory in the highest heaven!
39Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, Teacher, order your disciples to stop. 40He answered, I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.
41 As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it, 42saying, If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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